Both Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and Mayor Jonas Cortes of Mandaue have pledged to work on the signing of a sisterhood agreement between the two cities that will ultimately redound to the common benefits of their constituents.

In a meeting arranged by the couple Philippine Sports Commissioner Mon Fernandez and his wife entrepreneur Karla Kintanar-Fernandez in Cebu City, the talks to forge the sisterhood ties will begin next month.

Also present during the meeting are Central Visayas PNP Regional Director Brigadier General Valeriano de Leon, Dumaguete City Vice-Mayor Alan Gel Cordova and Mandaue City Vice-Mayor Glenn Bercede including several Councilors and Department Heads of the two cities.

Mayor Remollo stressed that the story of Mandaue, a first class highly urbanized city despite it’s very small land area of just 34.87 km2 slightly bigger than Dumaguete’s 33.62 km2, will inspire the city to capitalize on its natural advantages and resources to create a vibrant local economy capable of uplifting the quality of life of the residents.

Mandaue City is considered a major industrial hub in the Visayas Region while Dumaguete is an emerging sports tourism destination in the country as well as the center for trade and commerce in Negros Oriental.

Mayor Remollo is optimistic that both cities can share and learn the best practices in the area of peace and security, disaster preparedness and response, sports tourism, education, information and communication technology among other areas of cooperation that will create positive impact in the lives of their peoples.